Wesley Hill remembers how longing remains even in the best relationships

by Mr. Sheehy

I write often about the consolations of friendship, hospitality, and Christian community, but sometimes I wonder if I’m too sanguine, writing as if these were easily attainable and capable of straightforward engineering. These three books, in very different ways, puncture my naivety. They confront me afresh with our human inability to control the relationships in which we find ourselves and all the ways that, in even the very closest familial and spiritual, fraternal relationships, unsatisfied longing remains. That’s perhaps a good place to be at the end of a year of reading— reminded of one’s basic condition as a human being; thirsty, desirous, and waiting, in a fallen world full of beauty.

Wesley Hill, describing his favorite books from his 2014 reading.